BWA Group PLC (AQSE:BWAP) has announced the results of a reconnaissance surface exploration pit and auger sampling programme conducted on the Nkoteng rutile sands project in Cameroon.
The sampling programme comprised 15 hand excavated exploration pits and 38 auger holes for a total of 169.1 metres and 90 samples.
Three grab samples were also taken as part of the reconnaissance programme. The programme targeted the central sector of the licence and has identified an area of mineralisation related to the extensive Sanaga river system and associated floodplains.
Results from samples confirm the area contains anomalous titanium, zirconium and aluminium, with samples reporting up to 2.38% TiO2, 0.29% Zr and 25.6% Al2O3.
BWA currently has two heavy mineral sands licences in Cameroon, both of which are at an early stage of exploration.
The Nkoteng Licence covers an area of 497 square kilometres, comprising part of the prospective Sanaga river system and is located 60km to the north east of Yaoundé, with easy transport links to the port of Douala. The Dehane licence is 132 square kilometres, comprising part of the prospective Nyong river system estuary and is located 166km to the west of Yaoundé and 70km from the deep seaport and industrial zone of Kribi.
“We regard these initial pit and auger results for the Nkoteng licence as extremely encouraging and supportive of BWA’s long-held view of the prospectivity for significant rutile and zircon mineralisation in the Sanaga river system,” said Richard Battersby, non-executive chairman of BWA.
“These results demonstrate the presence of titanium, zircon and aluminium at grades and intervals of potential economic interest within interpreted extensive depositional environments along the prospective Sanaga river system contained within our licence area.”
The company has already initiated similar tests at the Dehane licence.